Smithies Thrive - New Smith Fund Campaign to Support Women of Color

Smithies thrive when students of color thrive.
Together, we can help.

It’s not about big money, it’s about collective power and care. Let’s support students of color in reaching their fullest potential on campus and beyond. Goal: 100 gifts (or more) in May.

Help Smithies Thrive in one of three ways:
1)  Emergency Fund for Women of Color — a place for students to turn for urgent, unanticipated needs. 

Or, one of The Smith Fund designations:
2)  Essential Smith — helps fund financial aid, student organizations, and campus facilities. 
3)  Global Smith — funding study abroad and other opportunities for global engagement. 


The SCCLA Needs You!

In order to keep the momentum, maintain an active club and support the growing number of alumnae in our area, the Smith College Club of Los Angeles wants YOU to volunteer. We have a number of open positions for the 2016-2017 club year (July 1 - June 30) and we would love to have your involvement. And best of all, these positions can be shared! To learn more about the positions listed below or to inquire about other positions, please contact 

FILLED! Career Network Chairs: The Career Network Chairs support our growing number of industry-specific and professional development workshops and socials.

Website Chairs: Responsible for updating current website and developing protocols for maintaining website. Previous web experience a huge plus. 

Newsletter Proofreaders: Responsible for proofreading monthly newsletter. Must have computer. During the week the newsletter is compiled, fast turnaround required.

Recording Secretary: Responsible for sending meeting reminders to board, recording minutes of monthly board meetings, editing and submitting minutes to board for review and approval. Portable laptop and fast typing is a plus.  

Hospitality Chairs: Love to plan parties? Coordinate food and beverage needs for upcoming events. Work with host and SCCLA Board.

Membership Co-Chair: Help maintain club membership database. SalesForce knowledge helpful, but we can train. 

Program Co-Chair: Help with events by securing hosts and speakers for upcoming programs, set up online registration via EventBrite, provide on-site registration support at club events and coordinate mailings for Holiday Party and Spring Picnic. 
Young Alumnae Co-Chairs: Plan socials and events, particularly geared to young alumnae.

NEW! Merchandise Chair: Sell, ship inventory of Smith merchandise. Proceeds benefit the SCCLA Scholarship Fund.

FILLED/NEW! Pasadena Chair: Represent needs of Pasadena alums.

NEW! SSW Chair: Represent needs of SSW alums.

Interested? You know you are. Email

Real Stories of Entrepreneurs:

On Wednesday, April 20, almost 30 Smithies drove in from all parts of Los Angeles to the Westside Tavern for a panel on entrepreneurship, featuring Alyson Roux '09, Karen Brown '72, Tricia Ting Lee '93 and Wendy Brynford-Jones led by Lindsey Venne, Program Specialist, Office of Alumnae Engagement at Smith College. Smithies from class years '50 to '16J, and in all careers were in attendance for this fantastic event.

The panelists shared their experience and advice, especially emphasizing the important of networks, like the Smith alumnae network. Other pieces of advice included taking people to lunch often, thinking positively, handling your own bookkeeping and saying yes to opportunities. Thank you to our four local panelists, and Lindsey Venne for such an enjoyable and informative evening. 

Special thanks to everyone who gave to The Smith Fund at the event! Your support ensures more events can be planned in the future.

Interested in connecting with other attendees at this event? Email

YA Event: A Conscious Career Path

On April 17, a cozy group of young alumnae met at the lovely library of an apartment building in Downtown for an inspiring career session with Candice Brokenshire. Highlights include creating a satisfaction wheel, finding your value set with two word concepts, envisioning and analyzing yourself 20 years in the future and learning how to handle all the voices in your head. 

For further resources, Candice recommended Ruth Chang's How to Make Hard Choices TED Talk, Marcus Buckingham's Go Put Your Strength's to Work, The Arbinger Institute's Leadership And Self-Deception and the Kolbe Assessment. The whole group plans on getting together again in two months to see how they've have succeeded in their goals. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to The Smith Fund and HUGE thanks to Heidi Novaes '88 for putting together such an informative and helpful event.

Interested in connecting with other Young Alumnae? Email



Admitted Students Party

2016 was another competitive year for Smith College Admissions, with 254 applicants from Los Angeles, and 98 students admitted. This year, the SCCLA held two simultaneous Admitted Students parties on April 10 to make sure that admitted students from Pasadena through the South Bay could meet alumnae and learn more about the value and importance of a Smith College education.

At her lovely Tarzana home, Vivian Forbes '50 hosted a group of 38, including 11 enthusiastic admitted students from Pasadena to the Westside, and their families. Vivian and Christina Noh '09 shared a presentation, capturing multiple generations of the Smith College experience. Huge thanks to Jim Brunet '08P, Krishna Barratt' 90, Christina Noh '09, Wendy Brynford-Jones '92, Becky Campbell '95, Elis Lee '14, Victoria Knight '77, Chrishtine Quigless '04 and Norkio Yamaguchi '96 for their help and their spirit!

In the South Bay, Ellen Walters '90AC graciously opened her home in Rancho Palos Verdes to 21 people, including 6 eager admitted students and their families. All of the students had been to campus, or were headed to Discovery/Open Weekend. A warm thank you to Rosa Kwon Easton '86, Elvira Rosales '10, Carolyn Bumatay '84, Joy Milan '88 and Noriko Sato Ward '88 for sharing their wisdom.

The entire admissions committee looks forward to getting to know the newly minted members of the Class of 2020! Special thanks to the charming hosts, Vivian Forbes '50 and Ellen Walters '90AC for welcoming the admitted students into their homes and into the Smith College community.

Interested in becoming involved in Admissions? Email

ALL 4 ONE - Smith Fund Campaign Update

The final gifts have been tallied and the results show that Smithies are always up for a challenge. Not only did we beat our original goal, but we exceeded our extended goal as well. We had 1,903 donors, 121% of 1,568 donor goal. Although this was a participation challenge, it's also wonderful to share that $736,795 was donated. THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

It's never too late to make a gift to the Smith Fund!

Columbia-Smith Book Club: The Map Thief

The Columbia-Smith Book Club met on April 10 at the home of Carol Wirtschafter '59 to discuss The Map Thief by Michael Blanding. Eight guests, including 4 Smithies (Carol, Gail Conway '48, Gaya Deak '78 and Amy Schancupp '79) attended. 

The Map Thief recounts the story of respected map dealer Forbes Smiley (Hampshire '78) who turned to stealing rare maps and selling them when his financial situation worsened. The book also explains how the historical and political aspects of maps, as well as their aesthetic beauty, attract the interest of collectors. 

The evening ended with a mini map show - guests were invited to bring a favorite map, and spend a few minutes discussing why it was important to them. The discussion made us see maps, and the places we had been, in a new way.